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  • Ari Shaffir’s terrific web series “This Is Not Happening” to become a Comedy Central TV show

    Ari ShaffirIt’s official, Ari Shaffir’s fantastic web series This is Not Happening is going to make the full transition from the Comedy Central digital production arm CC:Studios, to a full television show on the network beginning with an 8 episode run this fall.

    This is Not Happening was an original web series developed by CC and has already run for two seasons online. It’s a hilarious storytelling show hosted by Shaffir and featured his hilarious comedian friends as a guest. The guests and Ari tell some of their craziest stories while on stage at Cheetahs, a gentlemen’s club in L.A.

    Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s original programming president spoke about signing the new show, “The only reason we are picking up This Is Not Happening is to prove we can incubate an idea digitally and then have it migrate to the linear channel.” Kent continued to say, “And also, it’s really funny storytelling with fantastic talent.” Read More

    VH1 cancels “Best Week Ever,” lays off a good chunk of its New York team

    Best Week EverVH1 has officially laid off more than 10 staffers on it’s development team in New York. It wasn’t just bottom level employee’s either, the company said goodbye to Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland, both VPs of East Coast Production. In other words, they just said goodbye to a majority of their New York team.

    A VH1 spokesperson discussed the layoffs in a statement, “With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York.” The statement continued, “It’s imperative we accurately structure our teams to deliver the content that our growing number of viewers want from VH1 today.” Read More

    Do you live in one of America’s 50 funniest cities?

    Funniest CityIt’s a tall order and a huge task to attempted to answer the question, which city in America is the funniest. Well the gentleman over at The Humor Club set out to find the answer. Dr. Peter McGraw met up with his “Humor Research Team” (or HuRL), which is headed by Adrian Ward and Caleb Warren, in hopes of finding an answer to the funniest city in America. The team created a “Humor Algorithm (HA)” to better measure each city. “The most comprehensive analysis of humorous cities ever attempted” says the study.

    The study goes on to explain, “Over a nine-month period, the team collected extensive data for the project.” Read More

    The American Comedy Awards to honor Bill Cosby with Lifetime Achievement award

    Bill CosbyThe American Comedy Awards is one of comedy’s biggest nights. As we previously reported, the awards ceremony has made a nice bump from Comedy Central to NBC this year. The show honored both David Letterman (2011) and Don Rickles (2012) with one of it’s most prestigious awards, The Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence. This year the guest of honor receiving the award is none other than Mr. Bill Cosby. It’s hard to argue someone else being more deserving of the iconic award.

    NBC President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, Paul Telegdy, spoke about Cosby receiving the award, “Bill Cosby is an iconic figure at the forefront of the American comedy landscape.” Telegdy continued on saying, “His work in television, film, stand-up comedy and literature has shaped the national sense of humor and has had an enduring impact on comedians and fans of all ages. We are delighted to honor him with the Johnny Carson Award during the network’s inaugural broadcast of the ‘American Comedy Awards.’” Read More

    After a series of escalating dares, Will Arnett and Amy Poehler offically announce their divorce

    Will Arnett, Amy PoehlerIt’s a sad day for two of comedy’s most beloved stars, Will Arnett has officially filed papers to divorce Amy Poehler, People reports. The two had been married since 2003 but the two have been separated since 2012. So I guess this was inevitable. Lastly, Arnett is seeking joint custody of their two sons, Archie and Abel.

    It’s sad the two couldn’t work it out but I suppose maybe this will be for the best. The two have already been rumored to talking to other people too. Arnett is believed to be talking to Katie Lee and as for Amy, she’s been linked to Nick Kroll. Yeah, who saw that coming? I didn’t, but as long as the two are happy then who cares!

    The one thing we do know is, if Amy decides to marry Nick, she’ll have this to look forward to… Read More

    Here’s the trailer for season 2 of “Orange Is The New Black”

    Netflix has become a real contender for great TV. Not only do they premier new comedy specials often but they also have had some very successful TV series, including the dark comedy Orange is the New Black. The prison “dramedy” got a lot of positive attention in it’s first go around and now they’re pretty close to releasing season two.

    For those sitting on the edge of your seat, this will either help the waiting or make it way worse. However you take it, here is the trailer for season two which hits Netflix June 6th and yes, all 13 episodes will be released at the same time.

    Report: “Mrs. Doubtfire” sequel is happening

    Mrs. DoubtfireIf you haven’t already heard, the big news today is that Mrs. Doubtfire will soon have a sequel. That’s right, reports are happening that the prized 1993 flick looks to be revived in 2014. As of right now, Robin Williams is said to be attached, as well as, director Chris Columbus. Furthermore, David Berenbaum (writer of Elf) is said to be writing the script.

    There were reports that Bonnie Hunt had actually been working on a sequel since 2001 but never could get all the pieces together. Thus the project came to a halt. Although it’s been about 21 years since the first, most have the mind set of “better late than never” when it comes to the Doubtfire 2 project.

    I’m sure the studios have that same mindset as well. Lets not forget that the original Ms. Doubtfire totally owned the box offices, raking in over $441 million worldwide. The flick also won a Golden Globe and so did Robin Williams for his leading role. Read More

    Mike Vecchione’s new stand-up album “Muscle Confusion” slated for release on April 22nd

    Mike VecchioneOne of comedy’s funniest guys, Mike Vecchione is set to drop his new stand-up comedy album, Muscle Confusion and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Mike has been a staple of the NYC comedy scene for a while now, slowly and mythodically slaying comedy audiences with great jokes accented with a subdued delivery. You’ve seen Mike on The Peoples Choice Awards, The Last Comic Standing, and a Comedy Central Half-Hour. We recently caught Mike performing during a taping at Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground late last year, his performance will air on Comedy Central in the next few weeks.

    Now, Vecchione is giving us all a new special, Muscle Confusion which was recorded live in New York City and showcased the comedian tapping into topics of modern life and politics utilizing his super-honest point, which makes him one of the funniest guys out there today.

    Muscle Confusion on iTunes, Amazon, and pretty much any digital retailer April 22nd via New Wave Dynamics. It might get pretty raunchy but no matter what he’s talking about, you’ll find yourself laughing. For more on Mike visit his website. Read More